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Philosophy and Ethics of Nursing

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SHA0101
Type: Compulsory / Professional Studies
Curriculum: S-SH 2009T
Level: Bachelor of Health Care
Year of Study: 1 (2009-2010)
Credits: 2 cr
Responsible Teacher: Nurmi, Regina
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2009-2010

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
19 2009-08-24 – 2009-12-19Paula HakalaFinnish2009-08-14 – 2009-09-20
20S-TH-1A2009-08-24 – 2009-12-19Paula HakalaFinnish2009-08-14 – 2009-09-20
21S-SH-1B2010-01-04 – 2010-05-28Pirjo PeltomäkiFinnish2009-08-14 – 2009-09-20
22S-SH-2CK2009-10-26 – 2010-05-28Mari Salminen-TuomaalaFinnish2009-10-05 – 2009-11-01
23S-SH-1A2010-01-04 – 2010-05-28Pirjo PeltomäkiFinnish2009-12-07 – 2010-01-10

Learning Outcomes

The student will become acquainted with nursing philosophy and ethical issues. The student internatizes ethics as a basis of his/her professional action. The student is able to identify ethical problems in nursing and develop his/her skills in solving ethical problems in practical settings


Theories of Ethics and values in nursing: health as value, doing good, human rights, responsibility, the rights of the patient. Ethical decision making.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

- Leino-Kilpi H. & Välimäki, M. 2003. Etiikka hoitotyössä. Juva . WSOY.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures and discussions, group work,

Assessment Methods

Assignment, group work, numeric assessment